The City of Zanesville’s 2018 Neighborhood Grant Program
The City of Zanesville established the Neighborhood Grant Program in 2017 to maintain and improve neighborhoods by supporting activities that bring neighbors together and encourage participation. This is a competitive grant program that provides financial support for projects that enhance and strengthen neighborhoods.
The maximum Neighborhood Grant award is $1,000, and any request above $500 must provide matching resources. A neighborhood group can provide its share of a project’s cost through any combination of volunteer labor and donations of material, services, and cash.
Eligible Neighborhood Grant projects fall into five categories:
- Community Building Events: Examples include neighborhood picnics and holiday events, a block party, outdoor health/recreation (walking, biking, running) events, and an emergency preparedness fair.
- Physical Improvement Projects: Small landscaping and beautification projects, playground and minor park improvements, tree planting, and clean-up.
- Communications and Operations: Examples include creation of neighborhood website, mailings, newsletters, meeting space, and administrative costs.
- Neighborhood Identity Projects: Examples include signage and neighborhood entrance beautification, banners, and public art.
- Leadership Training and Education: Examples include sponsorship of board members or residents to leadership and training opportunities such as Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), First Aid, or CPR Training.
Neighborhood-based organizations as well as groups of neighbors who do not belong to an organization are eligible for Neighborhood Grant Program funds. The project must take place within the City of Zanesville limits and be open to the public. Neighborhood Grant funds cannot be used to purchase food and/or alcoholic beverages, cash awards, field trips or admissions, or mobile phones and associated costs.
While encouraged to participate, Neighborhood Grant Program applications won’t be accepted from Schools, Faith-based organizations, Service Organizations, Community Based Non-profits, or For-profit Organizations.
How to Apply
Interested applicants should complete and sign a Neighborhood Grant Program application by providing a hard copy to the Community Development Department or electronic version to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your project is awarded grant funding, a Grant Agreement will be developed, and this agreement must be fully signed before the start of a project. The City does not fund projects after the fact nor do we reimburse for projects that have already taken place once the application has been submitted.
Neighborhood Grant recipients are also required to submit a Grant Reimbursement Form by November 30, 2018, along with the actual receipts for the project expenses.
For more information and to apply for the Neighborhood Grant Program, download the 2018 Neighborhood Grant Program materials:
Neighborhood Grant applications are due on July 31, 2018, and applicants will notified of the City’s decision within three weeks of submitting the application. All projects must be completed by November 30, 2018.
|Informational Workshop #1||May 25, 2018 3:30-4:30pm
Location: City Hall First Floor Conference Room (401 Market Street)
|Informational Workshop #2||June 20, 2018 3:00-4:00pm
Location: Hands of Faith Church
(607 Brighton Boulevard)
|Grant Application Deadline||July 31, 2018|
|Project Completion Deadline||November 30, 2018|
|Grant Reimbursement Form Due||November 30, 2018|
Frequently Asked Questions
1) Are non-profit organizations, churches, or businesses eligible to apply?
No. The grant is intended solely for neighborhood-based organizations and groups of neighbors who do not belong to an organization. However, businesses and organizations are encouraged to participate in projects.
2) Can Neighborhood Grants fund neighborhood picnics and events?
Yes, but the grant can only fund the event’s non-food purchases, since grants cannot be used to purchase food or alcoholic beverages.
3) If awarded funding, when will we receive grant funds?
Grant recipients will be reimbursed following the completing of the event/activity and the submission of all required documents, including the Grant Reimbursement Form and actual receipts. Checks are generally issued within two weeks of Grant Reimbursement Form submission.
We encourage you to contact the City of Zanesville Community Development Department before you prepare your application. We can offer guidance and assistance to help you submit a successful application.
Community Development Department
401 Market St., Rm 204
Zanesville, OH 43701
Carly Campbell, Redevelopment Administrator: Carly.email@example.com